For Immediate Release: September 20, 2012
The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) will continue its fall lunchtime seminar series October 4th with “Using Teachers' and Students' Experiences to Widen and Deepen School and College Curricula,” presented by Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., senior research scientist, associate director at WCW, and founder of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum, and Emmy Howe, AFA, B.A., M.Ed., co-director of the SEED Project.
The curriculum of school or college classes is usually set by adults and requires students to be outer-directed. The SEED Project fosters a progressive and experiential balance between the knowledge that students receive from schooling and the knowledge that they themselves bring to it. SEED Co-director Emily Style says of her English classes, "Half the curriculum walks in the door when the students do." In this seminar, Howe and McIntosh will model two kinds of SEED classroom exercises that allow students and teachers to take seriously their own life experiences as sources of knowledge, “balancing the scholarship on the shelves,” as Style notes, “with the scholarship in the selves.”
The SEED Project helps teachers create their own year-long, school-based seminars on making school climates, curricula, and teaching methods more gender fair and multi-culturally equitable. SEED methods are relevant for both K-12 and college settings, in all liberal arts disciplines and some STEM courses. McIntosh also directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project at WCW, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods. She is the author of “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and other essays on privilege. Howe is an original writer and founder of the Welcoming Schools Project, bringing years of experience as an elementary school teacher, parent advocate, social justice activist, and facilitator to her work with SEED.
Lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch, WCW will provide tea and coffee. To confirm program line-up, call 781 283 2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org/calendar.
The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.